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A chapter in the book To Cherish Thorns

The Butterfly's Lament

by michaelcahill


The Butterfly's Lament
                                             by michael cahill

Yes I see the eyes that stare and know
I hypnotize with garish colors some defying
names or blinding thought with bluish hues
but too I see desire's inner fire
within a need that pleads
I must possess you
so as to brighten my dull world
My wings like flags
unfurled upon your wall as if it's
who's all the focus
imagining a world where you enthrall
the guests who merely marvel at your prize
Those lies hide deep inside you
and my wings reflect upon
your gleaming sweaty sheen
while you justify
your craving need to shine
by capturing my life and all the
glittered colors now imprisoned
you have gleaned
of my reluctance
to be touched
or let you near
my humble lonely life
when I was new
A speck among
a ball of specks
how soon I was imprisoned
in the darkness
of a tomb that held no light
a coffin
holding my life
and this was not my end but my beginning
I fought unknowing my fate
could I break through to find light
I only sought my freedom
from an endless blackened night
I clawed and scraped with one desire
a life where I could fly
I couldn't quit or I'd be fit to die
I wondered why a fate like this
would be bestowed
on any living creature,
was not some existence owed
Then a speck of light lit my heart
and hope sprung forth and strength anew
In little time I'd broken free
with but one thing to do
The sky was far away
from every hell that I had known
I leapt into the air and soon
touched all my eyes had shown
So no I won't be coming close
though clearly it's your wish
I know your longing for me
is a poison-bearing dish.
The sad part of my freedom
even as all stare
You see only colors
nothing more
You'd gladly once again entomb me
for you don't truly care
Perhaps you'll think about
my soul's lament
and where I came from
you'll recall
As for me I'll carry on
still entombed in my cocoon
although you see no boundaries
nor perceive the sky a wall



Butterfly writing prompt entry
Writing Prompt
Write a poem using the topic: butterfly.

Your poem can be in any style. You can write about an actual butterfly or compare someone to a butterfly. Or you may come up with a way to use butterfly as your theme in a way no one has thought of before. Any length, any format. Artwork, notes and whatever you wish to use in your display is fine. That's it. Simple, one rule: a poem that incorporates, "Butterfly" somehow.

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